Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas
Feb. 19, 2013
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No. 7/7 Mizzou continues its West Coast trip to start the 2013 season at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., from Thursday, Feb. 21 - Friday, Feb. 22, as well as a double header at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Feb 23. In the Mary Nutter Classic, the Tigers will face Maryland (3 p.m. CT) and San Diego State (7:30 p.m.) on Thursday, before facing fifth-ranked Florida on Friday at 12:30 p.m. All three of Mizzou's opponents in the Palm Springs, Calif., tournament made appearances in NCAA Regionals a season ago. The neutral-site matchup with the Gators (12-0) matches the Tigers against a fellow Southeastern Conference team.
The Tigers' bats were on display at the UCSB Gaucho Classic to start the squad's westward excursion. The Tigers started on Feb. 15 with an 11-3 win over UCSB in five innings before defeating Fresno State by a score of 4-0. In the victory over the Bulldogs, Chelsea Thomas only allowed two hits and struck out nine. In Day Two action (Feb. 16), Missouri turned away Fresno State again by way of an 11-3 win in five innings and also won 5-0 over San Diego. The Tigers finished the event with a 12-1 triumph over UCSB on Feb. 17. Mizzou hit .374 over its five wins in the event and blasted 15 home runs out of UCSB's Campus Diamond. Senior Nicole Hudson led the way for Missouri, hitting five long balls. Sophomore Corrin Genovese has batted .636 in four starts at shortstop, additionally posting a .692 on-base percentage. Senior Lindsey Muller has hit a perfect 5-for-5 in two appearances thus far in 2013, hitting one home run and four singles.
After making the program's fifth-straight NCAA Super Regional in 2012 with 10 newcomers on the roster, the Tigers appear poised to be contenders in 2013 with 15 returning letterwinners. Head coach Ehren Earleywine's squad returns the sound pitching of two-time All-American and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Chelsea Thomas as the squad embarks on its first campaign in the Southeastern Conference. A senior, Thomas posted an earned run average (ERA) of 1.16 with a 27-9 record last season, allowing just 127 hits while recording 306 strikeouts. Overall, the Tigers played to a 47-14 overall record, outscoring their opponents 314 - 114.
SCOUTING THE MARY NUTTER COMPETITION
An NCAA Regional team in 2012, Maryland has compiled a 3-1 record in 2013 with its early season action coming at the Florida Atlantic Tournament from Feb. 15-17. The squad notched two wins over LIU-Brooklyn (5-3, 18-1) and a victory over UMass (16-8). The Terrapins fell at the hands of Michigan in five innings, 10-2. Over the four contests, Senior OF Sara Acosta has compiled a .500 batting average, hitting four singles and one triple. Senior IF Melissa Mancuso leads Maryland with five RBI, with three teammates tied at four. Junior 1B/OF Candice Beards is a perfect 3-for-3 stealing. Freshman pitcher Maddie Martin has received the most work in the circle, pitching 11.1 innings of work and allowing 14 hits and nine earned runs. Last season, the Terrapins compiled a 34-22 overall record.
San Diego State made it to an NCAA Regional in 2012 and finished the season with a 32-24 overall record. In 2013, the Aztecs have played to a 6-4 mark, with appearances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and its own Campbell/Cartier Classic. Three of the squad's four losses have come against ranked foes - No. 13/14 Arizona (3-2, No. 24/22 Kentucky (4-0) and No. 2/1 Oklahoma (4-0). In its 10 games, SDSU is led by senior pitcher Kamerin May's .424 batting average. Junior pitcher/utilty player Lorena Bauer leads the team in home runs with five, also plating a team-best 12 RBI. Senior pitcher Rebbeca Arbino has pitched to a 5-2 record in eight appearances (42.0 IP), allowing 43 hits and striking out 39.
Florida was ousted as host of its NCAA Regional by USF to close the 2012 season, finishing the year with a 48-13 record. The Gators have jumped out to a 12-0 record in 2013. In that stretch, UF has notched wins over No. 5/6 Oregon (1-0), No. 3/3 Cal (7-4) and No. 13/14 Arizona (14-3). All three victories came at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., from Feb. 8-10. Kelsey Stewart's .488 batting average leads the Gators, as well as her three triples. Stewart, Lauren Haeger and Kirsti Merritt are all tied for the team-lead in RBI with 11. Three pitchers have notched unblemished records for the Gators, with Hannah Rogers working the most innings (38.0) for a 5-0 mark and 1.47 ERA. Alyssa Bache has compiled a team-low 0.39 ERA with a 3.0 record over 18.0 IP. Haeger has pitched to a 4-0 record in 20 innings of work, posting a 1.75 ERA.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
Cal State Fullerton has posted a 3-6 record thus far in 2013. The Titans were 20-31 a season ago and return 14 letterwinners from that squad. Cal State Fullerton fell most recently to No. 7/9 Oregon by a score of 6-0 on Sunday, Feb. 17. Junior catcher Ariel Tsuchiyama leads the Titans with a .408 batting average in the team's nine contests, also leading the team with 7 RBI. Three pitchers have received ample work for the Titans this season, including freshman Jasmine Antunez, who has pitched a team-leading 30.0 innings for a 2-4 record and 2.57 ERA. Sophomore Desiree Ybarra has pitched 16.1 innings and holds a team-best 0.86 ERA. Senior Katey Laban sits with a 6.00 ERA after 11.2 innings in the circle.
The Tigers return from the West Coast, but stay on the road with the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament in Cape Girardeua, Mo., on the campus of Southeast Missouri (SEMO). Mizzou opens the tournament with the host Redhawks (2 p.m.) and St. Louis (4 p.m.) on March 1. The Tigers face Missouri State on March 2 at 4 p.m. before finishing with UMKC on March 3 at Noon.
DOUBLE THE HONORS, DOUBLE THE FUN
Seniors Nicole Hudson and Chelsea Thomas were named Southeastern Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday, Feb. 18. The two accolades are Missouri's first weekly softball awards as members of the SEC. The recognition is Hudson's third career honor, while Thomas has been honored 13 times as a Tiger.
Hudson started off her senior campaign in a big way at UCSB's Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her first two at-bats of the year resulted in back-to-back home runs in the 11-3 victory in five innings over the host Gauchos on Feb. 17. Over the course of the three-day event, Hudson batted 7-for-12, including a 3-for-3 performance in the season opener. She finished the tournament with five home runs and 11 RBI. She additionally took to the circle and pitched Mizzou to an 11-3 win in five innings vs. Fresno State on Feb. 16.
A two-time All-American, Thomas picked up where she left off for her final Tiger season, striking out 19 total batters in two complete-game winning performances. In Mizzou's 4-0 win over Fresno State (Feb. 15), Thomas struck out nine and allowed just two Bulldog base runners from two hits. Thomas fanned 10 batters in the squad's 12-1 result over UCSB (Feb. 17), surrendering zero earned runs.
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson was certainly dialed in to start the 2013 season at UCSB's Gaucho Classic, hitting back-to-back home runs to begin her final Tiger campaign. Hudson finished Mizzou's season-opening 11-3 victory over UCSB (Feb. 15) batting 3-for-3 with four RBI. She also knocked a single through the middle in her third at-bat of the contest. Her two long balls set a new career-high.
CAN YOU BE PERFECT?
Senior 1B Lindsey Muller batted a perfect 4-for-4 in Mizzou's 12-1 win over UCSB on Feb. 17, hitting three singles and blasting a two-run home run. The four hits set a new career-high for the Tiger. Muller finished the game with three RBI.
SEASON TICKETS ON SALE
Season tickets for the 2013 season of Missouri softball are now on sale, with reserved seating starting as low as $50 for adults and $30 for youth and seniors. General admission season passes are available for $25, with parking set at an additional $20 with all ticket packages. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT PAWS (228-7297), in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or online.
FOLLOW MIZZOU SOFTBALL ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
Tiger softball fans can stay connected with the team all season long through its social media presence. On Twitter, Mizzou fans can follow the official account, @MizzouSoftball. Assistant Coach Pete D'Amour is also on Twitter (@MizzouSBcoach). On Facebook, fans can go to facebook.com/MizzouSoftball and "Like" the team's official page.
THOMAS SELECTED TO USA SOFTBALL'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named to the "Watch List" for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and USA Softball announced on Feb. 1. Thomas was one of three finalists for the award in 2011 after not being named in the initial watch list. She was on the 2010 and 2012 editions of the list. Thomas enters her final Mizzou campaign with two All-America and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year recognitions to her name.
SQUAD RANKED SEVENTH AND EIGHTH TO START 2013, PRESEASON TOP 10 FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT SEASON
Mizzou received preseason rankings of seventh and eighth from the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 polls, respectively. Beginning its first campaign in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Mizzou has received Top 10 recognition in both preseason polls for four consecutive seasons.
MIZZOU PICKED SECOND IN SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Tigers were picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division in the league's annual preseason coaches' poll. The Tigers totaled 30 points in the poll, the fourth-lowest total across the entire conference.
Conference Champion: Alabama (8), Tennessee (5)
1. Tennessee (12 points)
2. Missouri (30 points)
3. Georgia (34 points)
4. Florida (38 points)
5. Kentucky (58 points)
6. South Carolina (65 points)
1. Alabama (12 points)
2. LSU (28 points)
3. Texas A&M (31 points)
4. Arkansas (51 points)
5. Mississippi State (56 points)
6. Auburn (63 points)
7. Ole Miss (74 points)
WHAT DO THE TIGERS RETURN?
The Missouri squad's primary group of contributors from its 2013 team makes their return this season - 15 letterwinners overall. The following is a closer look at what the Tigers return, statistically:
At Bats: 1407 of 1585- 88.8%
Runs: 268 of 314 - 85.4%
Hits: 354 of 419 - 84.5%
Doubles: 61 of 73 - 83.6%
Triples: 6 of 6 - 100.0%
Home Runs: 36 of 52 - 69.2%
RBI: 220 of 271 - 81.2%
Total Bases: 535 of 660 - 81.1%
Walks: 193 of 218 - 88.5%
Hit By Pitch: 26 of 35 - 74.3%
Stolen Bases: 71 of 80 - 88.8%
The pitching staff returns nearly everything from 2012. Graduated senior Kristin Nottelmann made 22 appearances overall and started 18 games. She compiled a 12-5 record with a 2.41 ERA in her final Tiger season.
Wins: 35 of 47 - 74.5%
Appearances: 38 of 61 - 62.3%
Games Started: 43 of 61- 70.5%
Complete Games: 27 of 40- 67.5%
Shutouts: 21 of 26- 80.8%
Innings Pitched: 304.0 of 412.0- 73.8%
Strikeouts: 363 of 460 - 78.9%
THREE NEWCOMERS FOR THE 2013 SQUAD
The Missouri softball team has three new faces in freshmen Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) and Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.), along with sophomore transfer Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.).
Emily Crane | SS/CF | Fr. | Troy, Mo.
Career high school batting average of .518, on-base percentage of .567 and slugging percentage of .753 ... holds Missouri state records for career hits (205) and career runs scored (168) ... set Missouri single season hits record in 2011 with 63 ... three-time First Team All-State ... four-time First Team All-Conference, All-District and All-Region ... 2010 First Team St. Louis All-Metro ... 2010 and 2011 Conference Player of the Year ... 3.9 grade point average ... National Honor Society member ... received Scholastic Award for Geometry ... sports a perfect attendance.
Sarah Moore | OF | Fr. | Chino Hills, Calif.
Travel ball team was 2010 National Champions and 2010 ESPN National Champions ... high school squad was 2010 CIF Champions ... was named 2009 Rookie of the Year ... selected as Best Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 ... 2011 Offensive Player of the Year.
Sami Fagan | Utility | So. | Dunnellon, Fla.
Will sit out the 2013 season due to Southeastern Conference transfer rules ... hit .378 in her first year of collegiate softball at the University of Florida in 2012, the second-best mark on the Gators and fifth-highest average in the SEC ... smacked five triples, tied for most in the conference and 14th-most in the entire NCAA .. named to Freshman All-SEC Team and SEC All-Tournament Team to close her initial collegiate campaign ... 2011 Gatorade Florida Softball Player of the Year out of Dunnellon High School ... All-State selection in 2009-10 and an NFCA First Team High School All-American in both 2009 and 2011.
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